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Good Oral Health Habits When You’re Pregnant

April 24th, 2019

Dr. Jay Rad and our team at Custom Dental of Carrollton will tell you that good oral health habits when you are pregnant are very important. A plaque or infectious buildup can affect the baby in gestation, and cause some unforeseen issues during birth. There are a few steps relating to oral health that can help prevent complications and other pregnancy issues. Here are a few things to consider about oral health when you are expecting.

Proper brushing

Brushing your teeth at least twice a day is essential when you are pregnant. This will peel away any buildup that you have on your teeth, and help create a shield against future buildup. Swallowing large amounts of plaque or bacterial buildup can and will affect the gestation of the fetus, and can cause certain complications.

Floss

Flossing will also help remove a lot of the buildup in your teeth that can promote infection. Make sure you floss at least once a day. Bacterial infections fester on food buildup, and certain destructive viruses can also breed and grow on these remnants.

Morning sickness

The acidity of vomit can erode the enamel on your teeth, and create buildup of damaging particulates in your teeth. If you are experiencing regular morning sickness, rinse your teeth with a mixture of baking soda and water. This will remove buildup, and alleviate some of the acidity from the vomit.

Alcohol-free, antimicrobial mouthwash

Regardless of whether you are trying to or not, you will swallow small amounts of your mouthwash. Alcohol can affect your gestating baby. Use an antimicrobial, alcohol-free mouthwash.

Visit the dentist

If you have any dental issues, please give us a call at our convenient Dallas, Texas office away. We will be able to diagnose and treat any oral health issues immediately, and make sure they do not affect your developing child. Protecting your baby includes protecting your oral health.

Every Day is Earth Day

April 17th, 2019

During the early days of the environmental awareness movement, those who demonstrated against pollution, toxic chemicals, and the general public health were known as hippies. The early 1970s were a time of change, and assertions that we needed to pay more attention to the Earth's atmosphere were generally dismissed. But within a couple decades, it had become clear that the previous generation was right; the citizens of the world needed to become more environmentally conscious.

Many people feel that they can't make a difference if they don't do something big. But caring for the environment doesn't have to be an all-or-nothing concept. In fact, the little things you do can add up to make a great impact, especially in our community. Here are a few ways you can help the environment on Earth Day, April 22nd and all year around.

Four Small Ways to be Environmentally Friendly

  • Recycle Your Textiles. Nearly 21 million tons of textiles are added to American landfills each year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Donating your unwanted clothing to a secondhand store or an organization that repurposes fabric helps cut down on solid waste and conserves natural resources.
  • Reduce Usage of Disposables. Plastic bottles and bags, disposable diapers and other things we can use and toss out are convenient, but they're not necessary. Simply choosing to replace one of type of disposable with a reusable product can help you cut down on waste that has a large negative impact on our environment.
  • Conserve Water. If everyone in the United States turned off the water while brushing their teeth, more than 1.5 million gallons of water could be conserved. Turn the water on long enough to wet your toothbrush for brushing and rinsing, and then immediately turn the water off again.
  • Turn Off the Lights. Flip the light switch to "Off" if you're going to leave a particular room for 15 minutes or more. This will conserve energy on incandescent light bulbs and cut down on cooling costs.

It's not necessary to be an activist or install solar panels all over your home to help the environment. Although you can do these things, the little everyday measures make a big difference in helping to conserve energy and the environment, while reducing your carbon footprint. Our team at Custom Dental of Carrollton wants to remind you to celebrate Earth Day and help the environment, knowing that it will benefit your and your children's generation.

April Happenings

April 17th, 2019

April is off to a great start for us! We can’t wait to celebrate Easter this year because we believe Easter is a new start. The Lord’s resurrection is a symbol of a new beginning and a sign of eternal life. It’s something Dr. Rad and his family greatly enjoy celebrating, especially with some Kit Kats and M&M’s! (If bags of all red M&M’s existed, Dr. Rad would be one happy camper.) In addition to seeing our Easter decorations, we can’t wait to hand out our surprise gifts to our patients on Easter week!

You probably know that April 22nd is Earth Day. If you didn’t, here’s why we think you should care. As inhabitants of this planet, we’re sharing limited space with each other. It’s important for us to be mindful about keeping our environment as clean as possible so that our future generations can enjoy all of the same things that we do now. There’s only one planet Earth, so let’s leave it better than we found it! As a team, we like to do our part by recycling our paper items and plastics. We also make sure to set our thermostat accordingly during off shifts and we try very hard to reduce our waste. Dr. Rad personally likes to use less plastic, drive as little as possible, and avoid littering at all costs.

Let’s not forget about baseball season! Dr. Rad is a Texas Rangers fan all the way. They are his favorite team and he tried to make it to at least 10 games every year. Going to games with his family is one of Dr. Rad’s favorite ways to spend quality time. Dr. Rad is also set on exercising more this month and taking advantage of the good weather. He enjoys playing soccer and basketball with his son as a way of both staying active and spending time outside.

With flowers blooming this is also the perfect time for Dr. Rad to take care of his lawn and garden in his home. It’s hard not to be in a good mood when spring offers so much natural beauty.

We hope you’re all having a wonderful spring season so far and hope to see you all in the office soon!

Warning Signs of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

April 10th, 2019

When your wisdom teeth start to emerge it can definitely be painful, but it can be even worse if your wisdom teeth become impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth are trying to erupt but are unable to do so because there is not sufficient room for them to emerge. This usually means that your wisdom teeth are painfully lodged in your jawbone.

While you may not see any real signs of the emerging wisdom teeth when they are impacted, what you can’t see can still definitely hurt you. Some of the indicators of impacted wisdom teeth are listed below.

  • Jaw Pain: Pain in the back of your jaw is a common indicator of impacted wisdom teeth. The pain often concentrates in the area around your gums.
  • Changes in the Mouth: You may notice some changes in your mouth when you have impacted wisdom teeth. Reddish gums, swelling in the jaw, bleeding gums, and bad breath can all be indicators that you are dealing with impacted wisdom teeth.
  • Headaches: If you suddenly start having headaches, especially at the same time as some of the other issues mentioned above, they may indicate impacted wisdom teeth.
  • Chewing Issues: Problems with chewing normally can indicate impacted wisdom teeth. If you are having trouble making the chewing motions because your mouth won’t quite open and close as easily as it used to, impacted wisdom teeth may be the culprit.

The Solution

If you are suffering from impacted wisdom teeth, the best solution is usually going to be removal. This is not a problem that will resolve naturally, and in fact, your pain and other symptoms may worsen as your wisdom teeth become increasingly impacted. At Custom Dental of Carrollton, Dr. Jay Rad can review the details of wisdom teeth removal surgery with you and help you determine if this is the best solution for your situation.